Raphael Lessard in ARCA Series at the Pocono Raceway Tri-Oval

Raphael Lessard Racing

Raphael Lessard will race in the “General Tire #Anywhere is possible 200” on May 31st at the Pocono Raceway. This is his second race of the 2019 season for Raphael Lessard in the ARCA Menards Series with the KBR Development team, which will field only one car for this race. In Pensacola (FL) on March 9th, Raphael Lessard impressed by leading 83 of the 200 laps in the race. Thanks to the support of the company Les cuisines Thermo-Bois, the young Beauce driver is looking to get back on the podium at the wheel of car #28.

Every race added to Raphael Lessard’s program over the season is extremely important to him, as he needs as much track time as possible to develop his skills and gain experience, as well as learn as many new tracks as possible. This race will be his first one on the asymmetrical triangular track, nicknamed “The Tricky Triangle”, and he will benefit from some free practice on Wednesday, May 29th to give drivers more time to learn the intricacies of this wide and bumpy track. “I look forward to getting back at the wheel with the KBR team in Pocono. We want to maintain our highest performance level all the way to the checkered flag this time around,” Raphael Lessard said with determination. As the only KBR driver for this event, Raphael Lessard will work with team owner Mike Bursley and Jeff Stankiewicz as Crew Chief, a winning team.

Born on July 5, 2001, in Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada, Raphael Lessard is one of the most promising prospects in North American oval racing. Raphael made his debut in stock-cars in 2013, on local tracks in the Quebec City area. His exceptional talent quickly allowed him to climb the ladder and attract the attention of David Gilliland, a former NASCAR Monster Energy Series driver and now a team owner, in 2015. An agreement then allowed Lessard to participate in the last four races of the season in the PASS North Tour Series; a Late Model series on paved ovals, at the wheel of a David Gilliland Racing team car. In 2016, his first full-time season with Gilliland Racing, Lessard won the CARS Super Late Model Tour title with four wins, 8 top five and 9 top ten in his No. 99 Toyota Camry, and thus becoming the youngest Canadian driver to win a major stock car series title in the United States. Since 2016, Lessard has been part of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) prestigious driver development program. To date, he is the only Canadian to have been recruited into this program.

ABOUT KBR Development
KBR is a team running the full 2019 ARCA Menards Series, operating out of a 11,000-square-foot headquarters installation in Zeeland, Michigan. KBR works with only the best industry experts and top manufacturers in all aspects of operations. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner Erik Jones, Raphael Lessard, Brandon McReynolds and Carson Hocevar are just a few of the talented drivers to have driven for the team.